Republican-backed health bill clears first hurdle in House

Republican-backed health bill clears first hurdle in House

Image copyright Eureopan photopress agency Image caption The bill was crafted by Republican leaders like Paul Ryan, and backed by Mr Trump A key congressional committee has approved the Republican healthcare bill after debating for nearly 18 hours. The proposed legislation scored its first procedural victory, despite objections from Democrats, hospitals and even some Republicans. […]

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault

IS conflict: US sends Marines to support Raqqa assault

Image copyright Cpl. Demetrius Morgan/US Marine Corps Image caption The Marines will reportedly set up an artillery battery including M777 Howitzers The US has sent several hundred Marines to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the so-called Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Raqqa. They reportedly arrived in the past few days […]

Trump travel ban: Hawaii files first legal challenge

Trump travel ban: Hawaii files first legal challenge

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The original ban sparked protests and chaos at airports Hawaii has become the first US state to file a suit against President Donald Trump’s revised travel order. Its attorney general says the new version is fundamentally the same as the first, calling it “Muslim Ban 2.0”. The directive, which […]

US hails ‘40% drop’ in illegal immigrants from Mexico

US hails ‘40% drop’ in illegal immigrants from Mexico

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mr Trump wants a wall built on the Mexican border, enhancing the measures already there The number of illegal immigrants crossing into the US from Mexico went down by 40% from January to February, according to the US government. Homeland Security chief John Kelly said the “change in trends” […]

Hawaiian Airlines plane diverted over blanket row

Hawaiian Airlines plane diverted over blanket row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Police at Los Angeles’s LAX airport determined that no crime had been committed A Hawaiian Airlines flight from Las Vegas to Honolulu has been diverted because of a row over a blanket. A passenger had asked for the wrap because he was cold, and was outraged when he was […]

FBI and CIA launch criminal investigation into ‘malware leaks’

FBI and CIA launch criminal investigation into ‘malware leaks’

Image copyright AFP Image caption The CIA has not confirmed whether the released documents are real US federal agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the public release of documents said to detail CIA hacking tools, US officials say. They told US media that the FBI and CIA were co-ordinating the inquiry after Wikileaks published […]

Women ‘exploited’ says Lagarde

On International Women’s Day, IMF chief Christine Lagarde tells the BBC’s Katty Kay why she believes women will always be undermined. Women ‘exploited’ says Lagarde

Texas ‘bathroom bill’ passes key vote

Texas ‘bathroom bill’ passes key vote

Image copyright AP Image caption Hundreds of protesters attended Tuesday’s hearing in Austin, Texas Texas lawmakers have voted to advance a bill that would compel people to only use the public toilets that correspond with their birth gender. The measure is designed to prohibit transgender people from using toilets of the gender with which they […]

US hospitals oppose Trump-backed health bill

US hospitals oppose Trump-backed health bill

Image copyright Eureopan photopress agency Image caption The bill was crafted by Republican leaders like Paul Ryan, and backed by Mr Trump A leading trade group representing hospitals has expressed fears about the Republican health-care bill, saying poor Americans could lose insurance. The American Hospital Association (AHA) said current provisions for “our most vulnerable” would […]

‘Justin Bieber impostor’ on 931 child sex-related charges

‘Justin Bieber impostor’ on 931 child sex-related charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Justin Bieber performs in concert in 2016 A man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex-related crimes in Australia. The man, 42, masqueraded as the Canadian singer to gain explicit images from children, Queensland Police said. He was charged with 931 […]